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Ashgate Hospice > Daughter of “inspirational” dad who received Ashgate Hospice’s care calls for others to volunteer at Sparkle Night Walk

A fundraiser whose dad received vital care at the end of his life at Ashgate Hospice has urged people to volunteer at its popular Sparkle Night Walk.  

Hannah Taylor has previously given up her time to help at the popular 10km walk , sponsored by NOCN Group, after her dad Richard Taylor died in December 2021, aged 53. 

The 26-year-old, from Matlock, said she wanted to volunteer to “help other families receive the care and support in the darkest times”. 

Thousands of walkers will be joining in with the party atmosphere in Chesterfield on Saturday 22nd June, which means more than 200 volunteers are needed to ensure the event runs like clockwork.  

Hannah said the care Richard received on the hospice’s Inpatient Unit was “amazing” and allowed her family to create “special memories”. 

Hannah volunteered at the Sparkle Night Walk in 2022
She wanted to support the hospice in memory of her dad, Richard (right)

She said: “My world was turned upside down when we found out my amazing dad had stage four bowel cancer. 

“Dad was a truly inspirational man and everyone that met him instantly liked him. He had so many friends in his local area and was well respected everywhere he went. 

“We miss him more than anything every day and there is not a second that goes by when we don’t think about him.

“But Ashgate Hospice gave us the chance as a family to create those last special memories that we will hold on to forever and continue to support us to this day.” 

Hannah volunteered at the Sparkle Night Walk in 2022 before taking part with her nan, Sandra Vardy, last year after enjoying being part of the “amazing atmosphere”, she said. 

Her family has helped raise £15,000 for the hospice since Richard died, and now Hannah is calling on more people across North Derbyshire to register as volunteers for the event. 

Hann said she had loads of fun taking part in the Sparkle Night Walk
She has encouraged others to sign up to volunteer

“The Sparkle Night Walk is a fun, colourful and special way to help raise money for Ashgate Hospice,” added Hannah.  

“Even if you don’t have a personal connection with the charity, you can offer your support for those who have, and I can promise you’ll have a great time! 

“Volunteering is so much fun and a great way to make new friends. The hospice’s events could not be run without the help from the other volunteers that give up their time.

“To anyone thinking of volunteering, please give it a try as you will feel so valued and know you are doing something amazing to help other families receive the care and support that I have in the darkest times.”

There are a variety of roles available for volunteers from helping in the Event Village at Chesterfield Football Club to being a marshal out on the route cheering on walkers and making sure they feel safe.   

The walk starts at 10pm, with people arriving at Chesterfield Football Club from 7:00pm. 

Register an interest in being a volunteer at the Sparkle Night Walk on the hospice’s website or call the fundraising team on 01246 567250.